Ductless air conditioning offers a solution for homes in which there is no ductwork. Sometimes, ductwork installation is difficult due to the layout of a home; for example, many older homes cannot support the ductwork required for a modern central air conditioning system. Rather than go through the hassle of trying to modify their entire home, many homeowners choose ductless air conditioning systems, which are energy-efficient as well.
Much like central air conditioning, ductless mini splits are divided into two main components: the outdoor compressor unit and the indoor evaporator units. But with ductless systems, a technician can install multiple indoor air handlers throughout the home. A fan in the indoor unit sucks in warm air and blows it over the evaporator coil. Refrigerant absorbs the heat, which then moves to the outdoor unit as the blower moves cooled air into your home and the heat is released outdoors.
The outdoor condenser unit is generally more compact than central AC units, but the indoor air blowers may seem more intrusive than the vents of most ducted systems. However, these are usually installed out of the way, mounted high on a wall or suspended from the ceiling. Besides, the benefits of ductless air conditioning may outweigh the stress of installing a ducted system:
- Increased Comfort: With ductless air conditioning, you can control the temperature in each individual zone of the home. One outdoor unit can usually accommodate up to four indoor units, and homeowners can control each air handler with a master thermostat or separate thermostats installed in each zone. This can keep your family members happy since they can choose the temperature of any given room according to their inclinations.
- Lower Energy Bills: The ability to control each zone can also save you money every month. If there is a room or area that is unoccupied in the afternoon, for example, you can turn off the AC in that room and leave it running elsewhere in the home, lowering your energy consumption.
Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to talk to a specialist about installing ductless air conditioning in Everett, WA.